St. Louis man sentenced to 40 years for killing girlfriend, dumping body in Madison County

Raamon Reed
Raamon Reed

A St. Louis man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for the murder of his girlfriend.

Raamon Reed, 53, of St. Louis pleaded guilty in November to killing Tabatha Lynae Milton-Rush on Jan. 1, 2013. According to police, Reed shot Milton-Rush in the head at another location and dumped her body by the side of I-255 and Route 140 near Bethalto. Her body was found four days later.

The Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis investigated the case, assisting the Bethalto Police Department. Reed was charged with first-degree murder and concealment of a homicidal death two days later. He was set to go to trial in late November, but pleaded guilty on Nov. 25.

Prosecutors Jennifer Mudge and Lauren Heischmidt sought sentences of 40 years on the murder charge and four years on concealment. Madison County Circuit Judge Kyle Napp sentenced Reed to 38 years for homicide and two years on concealment. He will be required to serve 100 percent of the murder sentence; the concealment charge will run consecutively, and he will be required to serve at least 50 percent of it.

“I hope that the children, family and friends of Tabatha take some comfort in today’s sentencing,” said Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons. “The defendant took the life of their loved one in a horribly violent manner, and now he will spend what we hope will be the rest of his life in prison.”

Reed has remained in custody at the Madison County Jail since his arrest in lieu of $1 million bail.